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Take a Seat for Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Show Lineup

Take a Seat for Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s Show Lineup

September 30, 2016

September 30, 2016 Dinner and a movie can wait. Head down to Navy Pier for dinner and a show to shake things up. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater has an incredible few months of programming to finish up 2016.  The epic plays and musicals in the Subscription Series, world premieres of new works, and magical performances for families, […]

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September 30, 2016

Dinner and a movie can wait. Head down to Navy Pier for dinner and a show to shake things up. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater has an incredible few months of programming to finish up 2016.  The epic plays and musicals in the Subscription Series, world premieres of new works, and magical performances for families, Chicago Shakespeare Theater will continue to engage audiences around the city.

Be sure to catch Tug of War: Civil Strife at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier which will be running till October 9th. Power plays, ego, lust, humor and, yes, even love: no writer surpassed Shakespeare in portraying the forces that drive leaders to war—or the wisdom and valor of the common soldier. Twenty-two actors including a four-member band form the company that will satisfy your craving for a multi-episode immersion into some of the most brilliant stories of the cyclical human condition.

Hamlet gets turned on its head in The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan. Internationally renowned Shanghai Jingju Theatre Company transforms Shakespeare’s Hamlet into one of China’s most impressive forms of traditional art, setting the story in the fictitious ancient Chinese state of the Red City. Here, as in Shakespeare’s classic, the prince becomes disillusioned after discovering his uncle has killed his father and seduced his mother.

One month wasn’t enough for King Charles III, so you’ll be able to see this spectacular event from November 5 – January 15, 2017. Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for best new play, playwright Mike Bartlett artfully invokes the pomp and prose of Shakespeare’s greatest works. The Queen is dead. Long live the King. King Charles III, that is. After decades as “king in waiting,” Prince Charles ascends to the throne. His first official act: to rubber stamp Parliament’s bill restricting freedom of the press, but Charles III refuses in a provocative act of conscience.

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In December, the award-winning British company Cheek by Jowl returns to Chicago with a new production of one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. The Winter’s Tale will be on the Chicago Shakespeare Theater stage from December 14-21. A delusional and paranoid king tears his family apart, but the struggle for redemption yields flickers of hope. Initial darkness gives way to joy as Time leads the characters to a shattering conclusion.

Have Yourself a Merry Santa Hustle 5K

Have Yourself a Merry Santa Hustle 5K

September 23, 2016

September 23, 2016 The Santa Hustle 5K is coming to town and is ready to put you in the holiday spirit this season on December 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Soldier Field. There’s no better way to start the merriest month of the year than with a holiday-themed 5K. Grab your favorite group of […]

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September 23, 2016

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The Santa Hustle 5K is coming to town and is ready to put you in the holiday spirit this season on December 3, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. at Soldier Field. There’s no better way to start the merriest month of the year than with a holiday-themed 5K.

Grab your favorite group of elves for a trek along the lakeshore with stops for cookies, candy, music, and more. Throw your Santa beard on to keep you warm along with your brand new performance hoodie! Once you cross that finish line to get your well-deserved medal, you can hustle on over to Navy Pier for the post-run after party. 

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The bars at Navy Pier open early at 10 a.m. to help you celebrate your great holiday achievement. Be sure to keep your race bib to take advantage of all the great food and drink specials. As you’re getting into the holiday spirit, you’re also supporting the American Cancer Society. So register before it’s too late and we’ll be waiting at the Pier with a drink for you after the Santa Hustle!

 

 

Fall into a New Season of Events at Navy Pier

Fall into a New Season of Events at Navy Pier

September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016 Summertime at the Navy Pier is what we’re known for, but as the weather gets crisper we have some of our best events and programming along the lakefront. Squeeze in a play at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater or bring the tykes to the Chicago Children’s Museum before experiencing many of the great rides at […]

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September 16, 2016

Summertime at the Navy Pier is what we’re known for, but as the weather gets crisper we have some of our best events and programming along the lakefront. Squeeze in a play at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater or bring the tykes to the Chicago Children’s Museum before experiencing many of the great rides at Pier Park before they close for the season. We’ve got a full season of fun planned at Navy Pier before winter strikes and we can’t wait to see you there.

 

EXPO Chicago

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EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, opens the fall art season each September at historic Navy Pier. Entering its fifth edition in 2016, Expo Chicago presents artwork from leading international galleries and offers a curated blend of contemporary and modern art, design and new technology. The museum-quality, concept-driven programming will attract the world’s top artists, thinkers, curators and collectors, all with the common aim of fostering new dialogue within the international art community. For more information, click here.

 

Chicago Blackhawks Skate by the Lake

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Before winter comes, you can enjoy the best winter activity. Our summer ice rink will remain open until October 31! Bring your own ice skates or rent them at the rink. 

Mystic Blue Craft Brew Cruises

Mystic Blue and Brewfest Partners are excited to host a series of Craft Brew Cruises departing from Navy Pier. Cruise with us on Lake Michigan and enjoy samples from some of the hottest craft breweries while you snack on light bites, dance to DJ entertainment and take in views of the beautiful Chicago skyline. Book Your Cruise Online.

The Haunted Halloween Ball

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, for an evening of mischief, mayhem, and memories for the Haunted Halloween Ball at the Aon Grand Ballroom! With panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline, step inside the elegant Grand Ballroom for a decadent evening of mystery, glamour, and gruesome costumes. This evening of haunted grandeur offers access to two parties (The Haunted Halloween Ball at Grand Ballroom + Saints & Sinners at Lakeview Terrace) for the ultimate night of luxury and fright. This is one chilling affair presented by ChiTownEvents.com you won’t want to miss. Click here for more information.

Miller Lite Presents: Park Tailgate and Ride at Harry Caray’s Tavern

Celebrate Bears’ football with Miller Lite and the best tailgate party in Chicago. Come to Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier where you can park, party and ride to all Chicago Bears’ home games in style. Food specials and ticket giveaways aren’t a bad touch, either. Click here for more information.

EXPO Chicago Returns for Fall 2016

EXPO Chicago Returns for Fall 2016

September 9, 2016

Image Credit: @EXPOchicago via Instagram September 9, 2016 Kick off the fall art season with EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art at Navy Pier, taking place Sept. 22 to 25, 2016. Now in its fifth year, EXPO Chicago includes more than 140 galleries from around the world, in addition to highlighting […]

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September 9, 2016

Kick off the fall art season with EXPO Chicago, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art at Navy Pier, taking place Sept. 22 to 25, 2016.

Now in its fifth year, EXPO Chicago includes more than 140 galleries from around the world, in addition to highlighting work from emerging galleries with EXPOSURE, a section for younger galleries to participate in a major art fair and for curators, collectors and patrons to see the best in innovative art.

EXPO Chicago also includes dynamic on-site programing, including:

  • Special Exhibitions: Exhibitions showcasing select international organizations, nonprofits and institutions
  • /Dialogues: Panel discussions presented in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • EXPO VIDEO: A curated selection of new media, film and video works.
  • IN/SITU and IN/SITU Outside: Dramatic installation art including suspended and large-scale works both inside and around the city of Chicago.
  • EXPO Projects: A curated selection of site-specific projects presented both on the main floor of the exposition, and throughout the city of Chicago.

Special Exhibitions

The Special Exhibitions program features select regional, national, and international non-profit institutions, museums, and organizations to be included on the main floor of the exposition. EXPO CHICAGO’s Special Exhibitions offer unique, high-quality installations, joining 140 leading galleries from around the world featured throughout Navy Pier’s iconic Festival Hall. Complementing the surrounding elements of the fair, this program illustrates and preserves the important relationship between contemporary and modern art and non-profit organizations.

See the 2016 participants here.

 

/Dialogues

Presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), /Dialogues offers panel discussions, conversations and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, designers and arts professionals on the current issues that engage them. This year’s presenters include world-renowned curator Hans Ulrich; author and cultural sociologist Sarah Thornton and artist Kerry James Marshall; artist Deana Lawson and Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami Franklin Sirmans; Independent Curator Guillaume Désanges and International Curator of The Philippe Méaille Collection – Château de Montsoreau Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts.

See the full list of /Dialogues presentations here.

EXPO Art Week

Highlighting the vast cultural opportunities that Chicago offers collectors, dealers, art enthusiasts and visitors, EXPO Chicago —in conjunction with Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism and marketing organization and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE)—presents EXPO Art Week Sept. 19-25. With the exposition as its centerpiece, EXPO Art Week features the city’s most prestigious institutions with select aligned programming for this citywide celebration of arts and culture including museum exhibitions, gallery openings, outdoor installations, public art projects, music, theater and dance performances.

See the full list of EXPO Art Week events here.

Tickets and hours

EXPO Chicago is open for General Admission from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 24, and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. Purchase General Admission tickets here.
Vernissage 2016, the preview event, opens the fair with a grand reception fundraiser for the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Education Fund. The extraordinary benefit, organized by the MCA’s Women’s Board, is Chicago’s most anticipated art event of the year. Purchase your tickets for Vernissage 2016 here.

Harry Caray’s Tavern Covers the Bears Game Essentials

Harry Caray’s Tavern Covers the Bears Game Essentials

September 2, 2016

September 2, 2016 Football season is upon us, Bears fans. By default, so is tailgating season!  However, in the bustling city of Chicago, finding a place to park, tailgate and ultimately end up at the big game can be a daunting task. The solution? Tailgate at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier presented by Miller […]

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September 2, 2016

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Football season is upon us, Bears fans. By default, so is tailgating season!  However, in the bustling city of Chicago, finding a place to park, tailgate and ultimately end up at the big game can be a daunting task. The solution? Tailgate at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier presented by Miller Lite with the best park, tailgate and ride options in town.

Parking & Free Transportation

Why should you wrestle through Soldier Field parking when you don’t have to? Parking at the Pier is only $15 with validation. After that is taken care of, let Shoreline Water Taxi or Windy City Limo services get you to Soldier Field.

For home games from August 11th – October 31st, the first 150 Harry Caray tailgaters receive complimentary round trip cruise via Shoreline Water Taxi. It’s both scenic and convenient! If the weather is less than cooperative, Miller Lite will provide a free bus alternative.

For home games from November 27th ­– December 24th, Miller Lite will provide the first 150 Harry Caray tailgaters with a free round trip bus ride from Windy City Limo. 

Tailgate Menu Items

Harry Caray’s Tavern has crafted a list of specials exclusively for Bears tailgating season. For each home and away game, specials include nachos that seem to be piled a mile high, crispy 14” Oven Fired Pizza and Miller Lite Buckets.

Each 12pm Sunday home game will be accompanied by delicious brunch specials starting at 9 am. This includes their scrumptious chilaquiles, decadent thick cut french toast and the ever-popular Bloody Mary Bar.

Explore the complete specials menu here.

Free Exclusives

When it comes to a good tailgate, free swag is always welcomed with open arms. Thankfully, Miller Lite presents the Chicago Bears VIP Experience Giveaway. This means Miller Lite will be giving away a limited number of VIP tailgating packages every home game, including two tickets to an all-you-can-eat, pre-game buffet at Harry Caray’s, two Miller Lite Loft Chicago Bears tickets, free round-trip transportation from Harry’s to the Game and free parking at Navy Pier. Enter for a chance to win here.

The Road Crew from 101.9 The MIX will also be giving away free Miller Lite Bears swag and playing your favorite hits at each tailgate. We’re excited.

Bears Schedule

Check out the Chicago Bears Schedule and plan your tailgates for the season!

  1.     Sept. 11, 12:00 pm @ Texans
  2.     Sept. 19, 7:30 pm vs Eagles
  3.     Sept. 25, 7:30 pm @ Cowboys
  4.     Oct. 2, 12:00 pm vs. Lions
  5.     Oct. 9, 12:00 pm @ Colts
  6.     Oct. 16, 12:00 pm vs Jaguars
  7.     Oct. 20, 7:25 pm @ Packers
  8.     Oct. 31, 7:30 pm vs Vikings

*$30 purchase required at Harry Caray’s Tavern Navy Pier to receive parking voucher and transportation tickets. Validation must be obtained at Harry Caray’s Tavern Navy Pier. Vouchers and tickets valid only on day of purchase. Maximum one parking voucher and four transportation tickets per party; available on first come, first served basis while supplies last. Parking offer valid for self-parked cars in Navy Pier garages at 600 E. Grand on Chicago Bears home game days for cars parked up to 3 hours prior to game time until up to 3 hours post game time. 50 vouchers are available per home game. Windy City Limo and Shoreline cruise offer valid on Chicago Bears home game days. 150 tickets are available per home game. Additional Shoreline Water Taxi tickets will be available for purchase at their ticket booth on game day.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Chicago Dancing Festival Leaps into its 10th Year at Navy Pier

Chicago Dancing Festival Leaps into its 10th Year at Navy Pier

August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016 For the first time since the inception of the Chicago Dancing Festival, a much anticipated “promenade-style” evening of performances will be held at Navy Pier. We invite you to join us on August 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm in Polk Bros Park for a world-themed program entitled “Planet Chicago.” Guests can help […]

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August 25, 2016

Chicago Dancing Festival

For the first time since the inception of the Chicago Dancing Festival, a much anticipated “promenade-style” evening of performances will be held at Navy Pier. We invite you to join us on August 26, 2016 at 5:30 pm in Polk Bros Park for a world-themed program entitled “Planet Chicago.” Guests can help celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary, while also paying tribute to our very own Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration.

The Chicago Dancing Festival was created by Chicago natives, choreographer Lar Lubovitch and veteran dancer Jay Franke, 10 years ago. It began as a single performance on the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park and has grown exponentially into a weeklong extravaganza. “One of our goals with the Navy Pier program is to generate even more interest, especially among young people,” says Franke.

On August 26, guests of the Pier can expect the following ensembles:

5:30 p.m. – Forward Momentum Chicago in Polk Bros Park

A traditional South African Gumboot dance, featuring more than 80 young dancers from Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, and schools and studios throughout Chicago.

5:45 p.m. – CHICAGO SAMBA processional from Polk Bros. Park to the East platform (East End of Pier)

6 p.m. – Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago at East Performance Platform

A performance of contemporary and ancient African, African-American and Caribbean dance, music, and folklore.

6:20 p.m. – CHICAGO SAMBA processional from the East platform to the Wave Wall platform

6:30 p.m. – Natya Dance Theatre Wave Wall Performance Platform (South Dock at base of Centennial Wheel) 

A contemporary performance of the classical Indian dance-theatre art of Bharata Natyam

6:45 p.m. – Chicago Human Rhythm Project at the Wave Wall Staircase

A tap and percussive dance piece performed by Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s resident performance ensemble

7:00 p.m. – CHICAGO SAMBA processional from the Wave Wall platform to the West platform

7:10 p.m. – Gingarte Capoeira at West Performance Platform

A performance of Capoeira, a Brazilian martial art form combining dance, acrobatics and music, featuring Mestra Marisa Cordeiro, the only woman Capoeira Mestre in the United States.

7:20 p.m. – CHICAGO SAMBA processional to the Polk Bros. Park Fountain

7:30 p.m. – Forward Momentum Chicago at the Polk Bros Park Fountain

A cumulating performance of the Gumboot dance, which invites all audience members to join the dancers for a participatory event in the newly created Polk Bros Park Fountain.

7:45 p.m. – Show concludes

Prepare to be inspired by movement and thoroughly entertained. This expertly curated string of performances will be the talk of Navy Pier!

Feast at the Great American Lobster Fest

Feast at the Great American Lobster Fest

August 18, 2016

August 18, 2016 Catch the third annual Great American Lobster Fest on September 2-3 2016. Prepare yourself for lobster everything – lobster tacos, lobster mac & cheese, and the best darn lobster rolls you can get your hands on. No, really. They were voted the best in Chicago by Time Out Chicago. However, if seafood […]

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Great American Lobster Fest

August 18, 2016

Catch the third annual Great American Lobster Fest on September 2-3 2016. Prepare yourself for lobster everything – lobster tacos, lobster mac & cheese, and the best darn lobster rolls you can get your hands on. No, really. They were voted the best in Chicago by Time Out Chicago.

However, if seafood does not fit your fancy, the list of land food is just as lengthy. So if the lobster loaded fries or lobster on a stick aren’t speaking to you, the deep fried Oreos, loaded baked potatoes, and craft sausages certainly will.

If your palate is more classic, have no fear. There are plenty of less eccentric options such as grilled lobster tails, Chicago style hot dogs, and homemade nachos.

There are so many ways to access this deliciousness.

A Lobster Meal with Grand Ballroom ticket includes a choice of either a steamed lobster or lobster roll accompanied by corn on the cob, potatoes, and a dinner roll. Also, general admission access is granted to events (like the amazing Dirty Dozen Brass Band) in the Grand Ballroom with these tickets.

VIP ticket holders receive a lobster meal, 8 drink vouchers (including alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages), and exclusive access to VIP bars, the VIP balcony, and VIP entertainment areas.

Lobster Hero Feast table tickets grant access to a private, reserved table seating for groups of either six or 10 people for two hours. The tickets also include 30 or 50 pounds of whole steamed lobster, Grand Ballroom tickets for each person, Lobster Fest T-shirts, plus VIP passes. Explore these VIP areas once you’ve filled up on delicious lobster, corn-on-the-cob, and more! Call your lobster-loving friends ASAP, because these tickets sell out quickly!

Lobster Brunch Cruise tickets include a 3-hour cruise on Sunday, September 4, on Lake Michigan with a delicious brunch buffet of seafood and non-seafood selections. Seating is guaranteed and entertainment will also be provided. This is the best way to get your last taste of a lobster-filled weekend.

The main festival area at the end of the Pier is open to the general public and is free of charge! This includes seafood and land food options for purchase, vendor shopping, carnival games, and the beer garden. There’s no excuse not to come! For more information, visit americanlobsterfest.com.

If you want to try your luck with the lobster, enter to win Great American Lobster Fest tickets on our Facebook page! Fifty winners will receive Grand Ballroom tickets, and one lucky winner will win the VIP experience. Good luck!

Experience the Chicago Air and Water Show at Navy Pier

Experience the Chicago Air and Water Show at Navy Pier

August 11, 2016

August 11, 2016 The 58th annual Chicago Air and Water Show returns on August 20-21, 2016 and we know just where you need to catch the action. Watch Charles Tillman, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, The U.S Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and more hit the sky and the water in this free event. Come down to […]

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Air and Water Show

August 11, 2016

The 58th annual Chicago Air and Water Show returns on August 20-21, 2016 and we know just where you need to catch the action. Watch Charles Tillman, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, The U.S Army Parachute Team Golden Knights and more hit the sky and the water in this free event. Come down to Navy Pier and watch this aerial show from one of our many great locations along the lake!

Watch at the Miller Lite Beer Garden

The Miller Lite Beer Garden is the ideal location to sit back, enjoy some cold beverages, and watch the show. Satisfy your summer cravings with beer-battered delights; with brats, burgers, pizza, and more, the beer garden offers all of your summertime favorites. Located on the east end of the pier, the beer garden sits right on the lakefront giving you a perfect view of the show. All ages are welcome and entry to the garden is free! And don’t forget to stick around for the live music starting at 2 pm.

Dine at a Restaurant Patio

Along with the beer garden, we also offer a variety of restaurants and outdoor seating to watch The Chicago Air and Water Show. Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., Harry Caray’s Tavern, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, and Riva Crabhouse are all superb spots to eat while enjoying the event. Each offers a different menu, specialty cocktails, and the option to sit outside and watch the show or beat the heat and relax in cool indoor seating.

Hop aboard a Cruise

What is one of the coolest ways to watch The Chicago Air and Water Show? Actually on the lake! All aboard Entertainment Cruises for the best view in the city and an experience fit for the whole family. Dance to live DJ entertainment, take advantage of a delicious buffet, and bask in the beautiful skyline view while enjoying the talented pilots’ performances. Choose from the early air and water preview brunch cruise, the lake breeze dinner lounge, or the blue after dark moonlight cruise to see the show and have some high-flying fun! Along with Mystic Blue, the Odyssey and Spirit Cruises will also be offering Chicago Air and Water Show cruises.

Navy Pier is the perfect place to watch this year’s Chicago Air and Water Show. Gather your friends and family for good fun, food, and a fantastic aerial performance. Whether at the beer garden, one of the restaurants, aboard a cruise, or even on our new Centennial Wheel, join us here for this spectacular show.

 

Get out and Move at Navy Pier

Get out and Move at Navy Pier

August 4, 2016

August 4, 2016 Attention all seekers of calorie-burning fun: we now have the perfect excuse to get you outside and moving. Staying active can be tedious and easily slip to the wayside. We totally get it. That’s why we’ve created this list of our new programs to add a little boost to your lifestyle. Rush […]

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August 4, 2016

Attention all seekers of calorie-burning fun: we now have the perfect excuse to get you outside and moving. Staying active can be tedious and easily slip to the wayside. We totally get it. That’s why we’ve created this list of our new programs to add a little boost to your lifestyle.

Rush Hour Free Fitness Class

Why muddle through the herds of people trying to get home during rush hour when you can get your fitness on instead with Fitness Formula Clubs? Pack exercise clothes and head to our South Dock after work on alternating Tuesdays!

Zumba and WERQ classes are held on every other Tuesday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Both classes offer lively, yet easy-to follow, programs that are enjoyable for people of all skill sets. The Zumba classes are a mixture of Latin and other international music and dance moves. Meanwhile, the WERQ classes consist of your favorite chart-topping jams. That definitely beats clamoring through the rush hour bustle.

Stroller Derby Free Fitness Class

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We have great news. You no longer have to find someone to watch the kids while you escape to for a quick sweat sesh. They can be part of your work out, thanks to our partnership with Fitness Formula Clubs!

In this total body workout, your stroller or child acts as a resistance tool. People without strollers or children are also welcome, so feel free to invite friends to join. Classes are led by a Fitness Formula Club pro every Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m., on our South Dock at the Wave Wall steps, so be sure to catch the next one!

Pier Dance

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A huge Chicago “must” this summer is a night spent dancing under the stars along the glistening lake. It’s a breathtaking way to create memories with a significant other or a great group of friends.

Live music is played to make this partner dancing experience one of a kind. Select dates also offer an instructional class on the genre being featured. These dances are free every Thursday from 8 p.m. – 10p.m., so you have no excuse not to go!

With so many great options, there’s bound to be something that fits into your day to day. Whether it be a work out session or a night spent dancing, these programs will get you movin’ and groovin’ this summer.

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks

July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016 Five years ago, the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program was created. Since then, over 80,000 Chicagoans have taken advantage of their performances. A must-see this summer is Shakespeare 400 Chicago’s free production of Twelfth Night.  This unique production will be performed in 12 different locations around Chicago on varying dates. Each […]

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July 29, 2016

Five years ago, the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program was created. Since then, over 80,000 Chicagoans have taken advantage of their performances. A must-see this summer is Shakespeare 400 Chicago’s free production of Twelfth Night.  This unique production will be performed in 12 different locations around Chicago on varying dates. Each site consists of a temporary stage assembled for the 75-minute play. The production’s mobility allows people from different Chicago communities to enjoy the performance in their very own parks.

This complex comedy is focused on a girl named Viola who was separated from her twin brother in a shipwreck. Disguised as a man, Viola enters Duke Orsino’s service under the name Cesario. The Duke is in love with a woman named Olivia whom refuses to entertain the fancy of any man. Therefore, the Duke uses “Cesario” as a messenger to proclaim his love to Olivia. However, Olivia falls in love with Cesario, unaware “he” is actually Viola.

Gather a picnic and some good company to enjoy the showing of Twelfth Night nearest to you. August dates and locations are listed below:

  • Wednesday, August 3, 6:30 p.m.
    • MARQUETTE PARK, 6743 S. Kedzie Ave. 12
  • Thursday, August 4, 6:30 p.m.
    • PIOTROWSKI PARK, 4247 W. 31st St. 13
  • Friday, August 5, 6:30 p.m.
    • DVORAK PARK, 1119 W. Cullerton St.
  • Saturday, August 6, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, August 7, 4:00 p.m.
    • 14 WELLES PARK 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.
  • Tuesday, August 9, 6:30 p.m.
    • 15 COLUMBUS PARK 500 S. Central Ave. 16
  • Wednesday, August 10, 6:30
    • HAMILTON PARK, 513 W. 72nd St. 17
  • Thursday, August 11, 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 12, 6:30 p.m.
    • HUMBOLDT PARK, 1301 N. Sacramento Ave. 18
  • Saturday, August 13, 6:30 p.m.
    • ECKHART PARK, 1330 W. Chicago Ave. 19
  • Sunday, August 14, 4:00 p.m.
    • PING TOM MEMORIAL PARK, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

To find out more about this specific production, visit: http://bit.ly/267tVaG

To find out more about Chicago Shakespeare Theater, visit: www.chicagoshakes.com

 

Pokémon Go at the Pier

Pokémon Go at the Pier

July 14, 2016

July 14, 2016 It’s hard to believe, but it was just a little more than a week ago that Pokémon Go changed how you view Chicago, and Navy Pier is no different. High concentrations of Pokéstops and a full 3,300 feet teeming with pokémon? Navy Pier is what poke-dreams are made of.  Here are four reasons why […]

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July 14, 2016

It’s hard to believe, but it was just a little more than a week ago that Pokémon Go changed how you view Chicago, and Navy Pier is no different. High concentrations of Pokéstops and a full 3,300 feet teeming with pokémon? Navy Pier is what poke-dreams are made of. 

Here are four reasons why Navy Pier is the best spot in Chicago to play Pokémon Go.

Tons of Pokéstops

From the Chicago Children’s Museum on the west end to the U.S.S. Chicago Anchor at the East End, more than 20 Pokéstops are spread across Navy Pier. Three are just the pier itself, and others include the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, rides in Pier Park, the Miller Lite Beer Garden and the Family Pavilion.

Hit them all with one walk down – by the end, your proverbial pockets will be full – and replenish again on your way back for extra XP and items.

Two Gyms

The Smith Museum of Stained Glass and the dock near Tall Ship Windy are the two gyms at Navy Pier.  While both are tightly locked down by team Mystic at present, the surplus of Pokéstops means it’s easy to replenish your revives and potions so that you can attempt to take over the gyms for your team. 

Pokemon Go Poliwag

Water Pokemon Galore

Navy Pier is swimming with water pokémon. Tentacools, Poliwags, Shellders, Goldeens, Staryus and more are all around. There were also a few stray electric types, like Magnamite and Voltorb. There have been rumors of rare Pokemon here too. We spotted a Dratini but it swam away before we could catch it!

 

With all this Pokemon action, remember to revive yourself with a snack from our awesome food options like Rainbow Cone, Chango Loco, or one of a handful of eateries in the New Food Experience. And of course, there are other things to do at Navy Pier outside of leveling up in Pokémon Go. But then again, those gyms aren’t going to be reclaimed for your team themselves.

The Ultimate Guide to a Booze Cruises at Navy Pier

The Ultimate Guide to a Booze Cruises at Navy Pier

July 7, 2016

July 7, 2016 Getting sucked into the same kick-back routine is normal. There is a certain comfort in going to the same bars, having a routine beer in the evening, or even a weekly wine night at home. However, here’s the harsh reality: you’re better than that. It’s about time you pour a glass of […]

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July 7, 2016

Getting sucked into the same kick-back routine is normal. There is a certain comfort in going to the same bars, having a routine beer in the evening, or even a weekly wine night at home. However, here’s the harsh reality: you’re better than that. It’s about time you pour a glass of something a bit more special, and join us on one of our booze cruises. There’s definitely a cruise to fit your ideal date or group outing.

Spirit’s Chicago Cocktail Cruises

Select Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Recharge the right way on one of our fun-packed cocktail cruises. Boarding at 3:30, enjoy a floating bar, top-notch drinks, and the Chicago skyline. Take a group of friends, co-workers, a date, or go to meet new people!

Spirit’s Eat, Drink, & B. Mary Brunch Cruises

Select Sundays from 12:30pm – 2:30pm

Brunch has been proven best while observing Chicago’s magnificent skyline. This cruise consists of freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, and dessert dishes (menu here) as well as unlimited tea and coffee, DJ music, and interactive games. Upgraded tickets include Custom Bloody Marys, cocktails, wine, beer, and window table reservations. This cruise is also family friendly!

Odyssey’s Champagne Taittinger Dinner Cruises

Select Thursdays from 7:00pm – 9:30pm

If you’re looking for a night of pure elegance, the Odyssey’s Champagne Taittinger Dinner Cruise will do just the trick. Based in Reims, France, Taittinger Champagne’s flagship wine are the Comtes de Champagne. The cruise includes dinner, a complimentary glass of Tittinger Champagne, onboard intertainment, and one of a kind views of the city. Boarding takes place at 6:00pm.

Seadog & City Winery Chicago Wine Flight River Cruises

Alternating Thursdays until September 15th from 7:15pm – 8:30pm

Seadog’s Wine Flight River Cruises are a great way to start off an evening of sophistication. Cruises sail along the Chicago River for a total of 75-minutes with commentary and breathtaking views of the city’s unique architecture. Each passenger receives a total of five 2 oz. samples of wine (about two glasses total), as additional glasses are available upon purchase. Passengers board the cruise at 7:00pm.

Seadog Chicago & Lagunitas Beer Flight River Cruises

Alternating Thursdays until September 8th from 7:15pm – 8:30pm

The Lagunitas Beer Flight River Cruises are perfect for a “sit back and relax” type of evening. Take in the city’s towering architecture as Lagunitas representatives speak on and offer four beer samples. Passengers board the cruise at 7:00pm.

Shoreline Brew Cruise

July 15th & August 5th from 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Revolution Brewing, a Chicago-based brewery, is partnering with Shoreline Sightseeing for these lively evenings of festivities. Sail through Chicago while enjoying the sights, live music, crafty appetizers, and most importantly, seasonal craft beer samples. Boarding is 15 minutes prior to departure.

Wine Tasting With Lynfred Winery

July 21st and September 16th from 7:30pm – 9:00pm

August 19th from 8:00pm – 9:30pm

Lynfred Winery, Illinois’ oldest and largest family-owned winery, will be joining Shoreline Sightseeing’s Wine Tasting Cruises. Each cruise sails through Chicago’s beautiful waterways and consists of Lynfred wine samples, refreshments, and a brief wine course. These cruises are guaranteed to be a classic evening for the books. Boarding takes place 15 minutes prior to departure.

 

No matter what routines you have settled in, we have the perfect booze cruise to fit your idea of fun. Be it an eventful evening or boozy brunch, date or group outing, we promise to help you explore new waters, literally.  

Beat the Heat with Skate by the Lake

Beat the Heat with Skate by the Lake

June 30, 2016

June 30, 2016 Navy Pier has the coolest way to beat Chicago’s summer heat: the newly-opened Skate by the Lake! Designed by ice engineer Zoran Bendicak, Skate by the Lake offers a 5,000-square-foot ice rink housed in an open-air tent at the Pier’s main entry point. Sound impossible? It’s not! Ten thousand gallons of water, two […]

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June 30, 2016

Navy Pier has the coolest way to beat Chicago’s summer heat: the newly-opened Skate by the Lake! Designed by ice engineer Zoran Bendicak, Skate by the Lake offers a 5,000-square-foot ice rink housed in an open-air tent at the Pier’s main entry point. Sound impossible? It’s not!

Ten thousand gallons of water, two chillers, and 228 aluminum pipes full of glycol work together to produce a 4 inch tall sheet of ice ready for skating. This spectacular design protects it from all types of weather. Yes, even against ice’s worst enemy: heat.

Come check it out for yourself at Navy Pier’s Polk Bros Park. The attraction runs daily from noon until 10 p.m. all summer long. Just be sure to stop by before it closes for the season on October 31, 2016.

Guests without skates pay $15 while guests with skates pay $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance here or once you get to Navy Pier.

Interested in Navy Pier’s many other 100th anniversary attractions? Be sure to check out the list of upcoming events and join in on the summer celebration.

 

Navy Pier Pride Celebrates the LGBT Community

Navy Pier Pride Celebrates the LGBT Community

June 23, 2016

June 23, 2016 Navy Pier will make history on Saturday, June 25 by hosting Navy Pier Pride 2016. This will be the first time an LGBT Pride celebration will take place outside of the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago. As part of the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration, FREE fun family-friendly events will take place all […]

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Navy Pier Pride

June 23, 2016

Navy Pier will make history on Saturday, June 25 by hosting Navy Pier Pride 2016. This will be the first time an LGBT Pride celebration will take place outside of the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago. As part of the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration, FREE fun family-friendly events will take place all across the Pier.

 

Here’s the schedule:

  • 12 p.m. – See IT’S FOR REAL, a special performance by About Face Theatre. The show offers a collection of stories centered around topics such as race, class, sexuality, age, and gender. All are based on true experiences of the performers.
  • 1 p.m. – Kickoff parade led by Lakeside Pride Marching Band.
  • 1:30 p.m. – Watch performances by the legendary MILLY’S ORCHID SHOW. The show features Brigid Murphy as “Milly” alongside Yuri Lane (“The Harmonica Beatbox Man”) and his 8-year daughter and rising gay icon Delilah Rose, Alexa Grae, Robert Cornelius (former member of “Poi Dog Pondering”), House-O-Matic, and many others.
  • 5 p.m. – Witness “Chicago’s Biggest Wedding” officiated by Angelica Ross, a leader in the movement for transgender and racial equality as well as the star of the hit series, “Her Story.” Make sure to come check out this massive marriage ceremony!
  • 7 p.m. – Dance outside against the Chicago skyline to the music of Grammy Award-nominated producer, DJ RALPHI ROSARIO, in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.
  • 10:15 p.m. – Watch a special Pride-themed fireworks spectacular.

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Make sure to also check out the very special return of The NAMES Project’s AIDS Memorial Quilt. What started in 1987 as a single 3 x 6 foot panel created in San Francisco has turned into a 54 ton quilt composed of more than 48,000 panels, each commemorating the life of a loved one lost to AIDS. Navy Pier was one of the first venues to put The Quilt on display in 1988 and Navy Pier is proud to host its return.

With a full schedule of family-friendly events and restaurant specials all across the Pier, you’ll definitely want to help spread the love on Saturday!

Celebrate Fourth of July at Navy Pier

Celebrate Fourth of July at Navy Pier

June 16, 2016

June 16, 2016 With Fourth of July weekend around the corner, it’s important to have a game plan to celebrate. What better place to celebrate than at Navy Pier? With a variety of events happening all weekend long, there is something for everyone in the family.  Freedom Fest Have the best seat in the city […]

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June 16, 2016

With Fourth of July weekend around the corner, it’s important to have a game plan to celebrate. What better place to celebrate than at Navy Pier? With a variety of events happening all weekend long, there is something for everyone in the family. 

Freedom Fest

Have the best seat in the city for the special Fourth of July Aon Summer Fireworks show at the 3rd Annual Freedom Fest, a party on Navy Pier’s rooftop. Celebrate the U.S.A with delicious BBQ, your favorite drinks available at the full bar, and music by a live DJ to keep you in that festive spirit. Looking for something a little more low-key? There are plenty of places along the Pier to watch the grand finale firework show.  With new restaurants for whatever you are craving, friends and family can grab bite, stroll along the Pier before sitting down on the Wave Wall Stairs to admire the waterfront.

If you are are more of a sea dog, you can celebrate the Fourth of July out on the lake with front row seats on great cruises.

Odyssey’s Fourth Of July Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Celebrate America’s birthday with an upscale Fireworks Dinner Cruise aboard the Odyssey departing from Navy Pier. Dine on delicious bites and dance the night away  before watching red, white, and blue fireworks illuminate the night sky. For more information on the Odyssey Dinner Cruise visit our website.

Spirit Of Chicago’s Fourth of July Cruise

Cruising from Navy Pier aboard the Spirit of Chicago, visitors get front row seats to the Navy Pier July Fourth Fireworks Show. With a festive buffet and engaging DJ- there is no better place to be than out on the water with the Spirit. Book your tickets for the Spirit of Chicago now!

Mystic Blue’s Fourth of July Weekend Cruise

Make this your best summer weekend yet on the Mystic Blue. Join in the fun and celebration with amazing views of our beloved city, live DJ and delicious food. Get in on the fun and book your cruise today!

It is anticipated that during Independence Day weekend, Navy Pier will reach capacity and the gates will close to guests. If you aren’t attending one of the ticketed events here, we suggest coming early to ensure entry. For more information and updates throughout Independence Day weekend, follow Navy Pier on Twitter.

Celebrating 100 Years with Navy Pier

Celebrating 100 Years with Navy Pier

June 9, 2016

This past Memorial Day Weekend, we were excited to finally open the Centennial Wheel to the city of Chicago. But that wasn’t the only way we started the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration! It was a weekend of firsts: the first time the Polk Bros Park water fountain turned on, the first time we had […]

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This past Memorial Day Weekend, we were excited to finally open the Centennial Wheel to the city of Chicago. But that wasn’t the only way we started the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration! It was a weekend of firsts: the first time the Polk Bros Park water fountain turned on, the first time we had live music in the seasonal Miller Lite Beer Garden, and the first time we visually celebrated our birthday with the ‘100’ activation.

Not only are these numbers the reminder of our very special year, but they are a way for you to get in on the action! When posting your own pictures on Twitter or Instagram, use hashtags #100YearsofPier and #upshow to be featured on the screens installed in the zeros. Crowds were drawn to the installation and it quickly became a prime photo spot!

 

Kids loved it…

 

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Adults, too! 

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Families saw the photo op potential instantly.

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Let’s just say…it got a lot of love! 

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If you haven’t celebrated our centennial yet, don’t worry, these numbers are sticking around all summer, all around Chicago! And don’t forget to check out all of the other ways you can celebrate with us at Navy Pier. 

 

Miller Lite Beer Garden’s June Lineup

Miller Lite Beer Garden’s June Lineup

June 2, 2016

June 2, 2016 Summer rocks in the Miller Lite Beer Garden. Be sure not to miss any of these free shows by local bands while you kick back with your buddies and enjoy cold brews. June 4 Hey Monea This three-piece band based in Canton, OH will play their original rock-n-roll from 2:00-4:00. Grab a […]

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June 2, 2016

Summer rocks in the Miller Lite Beer Garden. Be sure not to miss any of these free shows by local bands while you kick back with your buddies and enjoy cold brews.

June 4

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Hey Monea

This three-piece band based in Canton, OH will play their original rock-n-roll from 2:00-4:00. Grab a beer, bring your friends, and get ready for the jams.

Breezy Rodio

Chicago-based guitarist Breezy Rodio plays a mix of blues, soul, jazz, and swing from 5:30-8:00.

Trippin’ Billies

Who needs Dave Matthews when Trippin’ Billies is here? The best David Matthews tribute band in Chicago starts their ode to Dave at 9:00.

June 5

MER’s Music Showcase

MER invites local artists to play in a songwriters session showcase.

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Bassel and the Supernaturals

Chicago soul never sounded this good. Bassel and the Supernaturals plays originals and classics from 5:30 – 8:00.

June 8

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Canyon Collected

This folksy rock band calls the mountains and canyons of Yellowstone home, but they’ve been on the road all summer playing their original tunes. They rock in Chicago from 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

Bella Cain

Bella Cain brings Midwestern-infused country with a rock-n-roll twist to the beer garden at 7:00.

June 9

Nicholas Barron

This blues and folk singer-songwriter brings all the feels to our beer garden from 5:30 – 6:30.

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Sheryl and Say Yes!

Dynamic and fun, Sheryl and Say Yes! is all about power vocals with Motown grooves. They will play from 7:00-10:00, so prepare to dance.  

June 10

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Dave Weld and The Imperial Flames

Jazz meets rock-n-roll when Dave Weld and The Imperial Flames play their favorite city in America. The band has been around since 1988 and they aren’t going to stop rocking any time soon. They’ll be jamming from 3:00-5:30.

Tinsley Ellis

Bringing a little bit of Georgia blues to Chicago, Tinsley Ellis comes full equipped with his razor sharp blues guitar skills from 6:00-7:30 in the beer garden.

Morry Sochat and the Special 20s

You’ll need to bring your dancing shoes from 8:30-11 when Morry Sochat and the Special 20s play. Their unique brand of swing, blues, and vintage rock-n-roll will make you feel like you’ve sockhopped your way back to 1950.

June 11

Jimmy Nick and Don’t Tell Momma

Old-school southern rock meets blues when this guitar-slinger comes to town. Jimmy Nick provides edgy guitar and vocals with the back up hep of his amazingly talented band, Don’t Tell Momma. They play 12:30-4:30.

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Wall of Denial

Chicago’s best tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughn rocks hard in the Miller Lite Beer Garden from 5:30-8:00.

Linsey Alexander

No one knows blues better than Linsey Alexander, a southern boy who has been playing the blues guitar all his life. Come see the legend in action from 9:00-11:00.

June 12

Hank Mowrey and the Hawktones

Come to beer garden 12:00-4:00 for a swingin’ good time. This Grand Rapids based band comes down from Michigan with their unique brand of blues and swing that is the perfect way to top off your weekend.

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Omar Coleman

This Chicago boy knows the blues. A fantastic blues vocalist and harmonica player, Omar Coleman puts on an unforgettable show starting at 4:30 in the beer garden.

June 15

Valentine Bennett

This young singer-songwriter is incredibly impressive. Playing over 40 covers and originals in his repertoire, Valentine wows a crowd with his acoustic guitar and smooth voice. Be ready to be moved from 5:30-6:30 in the beer garden.

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Wedding Banned

Wedding Banned is definitely a crowd-pleaser. The wild band that calls the ‘burbs home plays mostly ‘80’s and ‘90’s covers that you won’t be able to stop yourself from dancing to. Get a drink and grab a dance partner from 7:00-10:00.

June 16

Chris Corsale

Chicago native and heartfelt acoustic guitar player, Chris Corsale plays covers and originals that get a crowd moving. Kick off your weekend at 5:30 with Chris.

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Furious Frank

When you hear “gypsy-carnival-rock” you might not know what to expect. That’s why you have to see it live to know what Furious Frank is all about. The Chicago band plays at 7:00 with high-energy folk and punk grooves that keep the party going.

June 17

Captain Coopersmith

Classic rock meets modern feels when Captain Coopersmith plays at 5:30 in the Miller Lite Beer Garden. Get ready to groove all night long with this Algonquin-based band.

Bumpus

It’s time to funk! That’s what you’ll be saying when Bumpus plays from 9:00-11:30. Although you’ll find that you won’t be doing much talking when you’re dancing to the funky beats that Bumpus lays down.

June 18

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Andrew Diehl

Does “electrified Chicago blues” peak your interest? Then Andrew Diehl is who you want to see. He plays his electrified style of blues at 5:30.

June 19

Rockaholics

With a band name like “Rockaholics” you are right to expect non-stop high energy rock-n-roll. Come for the classic rock-influenced party starting at 2:00.

 

Down Home Band

Nashville seems to breed boys like Down Home Band, southern rockers who know how to have a folk-inspired good time. Their high-energy southern rock starts at 5:30 in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

June 22

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Bear & Jake

Upbeat acoustic music comes to the beer garden from 5:30-6:30 with the charismatic local duo Bear & Jake.

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Rod Tuffcurls and the Benchpress

This cover band is so good that you’ll think they wrote all these songs themselves. Come for the stellar rock-n-roll from 7-10 and stay for the cold beers.

June 23

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Dylan Hankey

He’s the house musician at Irish Eyes bar here in Chicago, but at 5:30 he’ll rock the house at the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

Hillbilly Rockstarz

Chicago’s premier country super group will serve up a mountain of country classics and modern hits. Bring your cowboy boots and saddle up to a beer and tunes at 7.

June 24

American Grizzly

The Chicago boys of American Grizzly cook up original music that’s been influenced by a range of genres from noise-rock to folk. Don’t miss these locals playing from 5:30-8:00.

June 25

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Unity the Band

The sounds of summer are alive in Unity the Band, a reggae-influenced pop rock band that plays sunny originals and a few classic covers. They start playing at 2:00 in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

Gentleman Brawlers Afrobeat Project

This collective of jazz, rock, and African-influenced musicians comes to us all the way from New York to play their set from 5:30-8:00. They will have you up on your feet and groovin’ to their tunes from start to finish.

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Deacon Blues

Who doesn’t love Steely Dan? Deacon Blues definitely does. The Steely Dan cover band will play all the classic hits from 9:00-11:30.

June 26

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Carsie believes that music is magic and it’s almost impossible to disagree with her upon seeing her perform. The curly-haired musician plays a beautiful blend of folk, pop, jazz, and soul starting at 2:00.

June 29

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Matt Kysia

Motown is alive and well in Matt Kysia whose band brings covers and originals that feel downright soulful. The jams start at 5:30, the music will be stuck in your head all night.

Rendition

These Tinley Park boys tout themselves as Chicago’s most entertaining cover band. Who are we to disagree? Come to the Miller Lite Beer Garden at 7 for fantastic covers that will get you on your feet.

June 30

Mike Hayes

LA-based blues-rock virtuoso makes his way to the Midwest at 5:30 for a rockin’ time you won’t forget.

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Red Rebel County

Irish music gets a punkier vibe with Red Rebel County, a band based in the south-side Irish tradition. Come for a jig and a pint at 7:00.

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago

May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016 Exclusively for one weekend, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is bringing the best of sailing to Chicago, and there are plenty of ways to experience all of the action. This qualifying event for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda will be a historic one, since it’s the first time in its 165-year […]

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May 26, 2016

Exclusively for one weekend, the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series is bringing the best of sailing to Chicago, and there are plenty of ways to experience all of the action. This qualifying event for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda will be a historic one, since it’s the first time in its 165-year history a sailing competition of its kind will be held on freshwater.

Whether you have a passion for boating, or are looking to hang out to welcome the summer with your friends cruising the lake; this sailing competition is definitely the place to be the weekend of June 10 – 12, 2016.  

Here are 3 ways to Watch the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Chicago:

Watch the boats sail towards the finish line from the comfort of your own boat.

There’s a boat bash extravaganza on the lake for America’s Cup event. Chicago Harbors teamed up with Cup event organizers to plan the largest floating party on Lake Michigan. The boater’s bash will be held at Monroe Harbor on the Saturday and Sunday of the competition. This infield party will be open to host boat owners and guests, with plenty of entertainment accommodations including a 100-foot-long and 26-foot-wide platform with a DJ stage… so you can expect a great time!  The bash will be located near Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain — conveniently, a few yards away from the racecourse.

Saying that this is  the perfect downtown location to welcome the summer months and watch recognized sailors fight for the Cup would definitely be an understatement.

Why not watch the sailors from aboard a luxury cruise?

Get incredible, up-close views and snapshots of the race perimeter during one of the lunch viewing cruises. Entertainment Cruises’ Odyssey and Shoreline Sightseeing will be hitting the waters early Friday afternoon to catch some practice racing rounds and a sneak peak to the race perimeter. Viewing cruises run all weekend long, so you don’t miss out on getting up-close views on every inch of the race boundaries on Lake Michigan. Visit the calendar of upcoming events to decide on a daily cruise that matches your style!

Race Village on Navy Pier

There’s no reason to miss out on witnessing the first sailing competition on our lakefront just because you prefer staying inland. Come to Navy Pier all weekend long for exquisite bites, happy hours, brews, and an extreme outing while sailboats fill our lakefront looking for a spot in Bermuda ‘17. Let the sailors do what they do best, while you sit back, relax and enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the lake and skyline from your favorite spot at Navy Pier. Don’t forget, general admission tickets are still available. Check out the list of seasonal & outdoor restaurants here, and plan your perfect America’s Cup World Series visit ahead!

 

Memorial Day Weekend at Navy Pier

Memorial Day Weekend at Navy Pier

May 19, 2016

May 19, 2016 Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us and you don’t want to be without plans. Navy Pier has you covered with a weekend full of activities for the start of the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration! What could be more perfect than that? There’s so much going on this weekend that you’re bound […]

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May 19, 2016

Memorial Day Weekend is almost upon us and you don’t want to be without plans. Navy Pier has you covered with a weekend full of activities for the start of the Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration! What could be more perfect than that? There’s so much going on this weekend that you’re bound to find something you absolutely love.

The Miller Lite Beer Garden

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The beer garden begins its live music schedule this Memorial Day Weekend!  Multiple bands play all weekend, serving you fresh beer and even fresher rock-n-roll. This Friday kicks off with Ian & The Dream at 5:30 p.m. and ‘Stache playing at 9:00 p.m. Saturday features a full day of jams from Mer, Love Cannon, and No Alternative. The music continues on Sunday with Swamp Heat at 2:00 and continues with Brook & the Nice Things and The Congregation. The Memorial Day jams come to a climax on Monday with Corey Dennison at 2 p.m. and Creedence Revived at 5:30 p.m.

The Centennial Wheel

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The Centennial Wheel opens this weekend to give you and your family rides that show off the absolute best views of the city from 196 feet in the air. The first rides start on May 27 at noon. Tickets are available here!

 

Cruise Along the Lake

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There are a variety of different lake cruises to take, including architecture tours that venture down the river to show off Chicago’s most unique views. Seadog Cruises and Shoreline Sightseeing both offer plenty of options for those looking to cruise Lake Michigan or the river for a guided tour. Shoreline Sightseeing also offers a craft beer cruise for those looking to celebrate Chicago Craft Beer Week. For a special Memorial Day Weekend cruises, check out Odyssey or Spirit

Chicago Shakespeare Theater

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To see or not to see? That’s the question that Chicago Shakespeare Theater easily answers. You must see their current production Tug of War which is an adaptation of Edward III, Henry V and Henry VI. So many classics rolled into one epic play! Another fantastic performance this weekend is a very special presentation of Twelfth Night featuring teenagers with special needs performing the classic comedy about mistaken identity.  

Fireworks

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Tune in for a special Centennial Wheel opening fireworks show is at 9 p.m. on May 27! Saturday, May 28, is the kickoff of our Aon Summer Fireworks series at 10:15 p.m.

Join in on the conversation this weekend when you post your photos with #100YearsofPier! We have so much to celebrate – we hope you join in on the fun!

Welcome our New Centennial Wheel

Welcome our New Centennial Wheel

May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016 This summer, we’re turning 100! And to kick off our Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration, we’re having a grand opening of the new Centennial Wheel starting May 27 here at Navy Pier. To get you ready for your first ride, we thought you should know all of the new and exciting information on […]

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May 12, 2016

This summer, we’re turning 100! And to kick off our Fifth Third Bank Centennial Celebration, we’re having a grand opening of the new Centennial Wheel starting May 27 here at Navy Pier. To get you ready for your first ride, we thought you should know all of the new and exciting information on our beautiful Centennial Wheel. 

History that goes way back

The city’s history with the wheel runs deep. The first one was built in 1893 in Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition.

Valuing Tradition

The new wheel is designed and manufactured by engineers from Thornton Tomasetti. With their guidance and expertise, a new model was selected and purchased from Dutch Wheels – the global leader in standalone giant wheels – the Netherlands-based company that also built the Pier’s original wheel.

One-of-a-Kind

The state-of-the-art DW60 is the first and only one of its kind in the U.S., but similar wheels are currently in operation in Hong Kong and Baku, Azerbaijan

Reaching for the Skyline

The Centennial Wheel is in the top six tallest wheels in the United States.

Weight for It…

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The first wheel weighed 485,000 lbs, and the new wheel significantly surpasses this as it weighs around 992,000 lbs.

Modern Technology for the Full Experience

The new wheel operates on a start/stop system. The start/stop system is more efficient as it will stop the wheel seven times to load six gondolas instead of utilizing the continuous rotation system. By implementing this system, we aim to create a more memorable experience for riders as riders will get to stop and experience the height and spectacular view during the loading sequence.

Multimedia Entertainment

Every gondola will be equipped with an entertainment system with interactive features while riders enjoy the breathtaking view of Chicago from the clouds. The gondolas also are temperature-controlled with padded seats, TV screens and speakers.

Look for Navy Pier Blue

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The new wheel no longer sports the traditional white and red look, but instead matches Navy Pier’s signature blue color.

The Taller the Better

The original wheel stood at 147-feet high and held 40 gondolas.

Our new and improved Centennial Wheel is 196-feet high and has 42 gondolas, standing 49 feet taller than the previous one and will fit up to 180 more passengers per ride.

And don’t forget…

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Navy Pier’s Pier Park Operations Manager, Clinton Shepard, set the current Guinness World Record for the longest marathon on a fairground or theme park attraction. Shepard rode our previous wheel for 48 hours, 8 minutes, and 25 seconds.

Now, you’ll be an expert on our new Centennial Wheel and can share your knowledge with your friends while you line up to ride it for the first time during our grand opening celebration on May 27, 2016.

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